SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan

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SoHo and NoHo are dynamic mixed-use neighborhoods with a diverse blend of residential, office, creative and retail spaces. The SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan seeks to expand housing opportunities for New Yorkers and promote equity, support continued cultural and economic success in a holistic way and reduce regulatory burdens for the people who live and work there.

Why SoHo/NoHo?

The population and economic conditions in SoHo and NoHo have drastically changed since the neighborhoods were zoned as manufacturing districts and unique zoning rules were established there nearly five decades ago. Existing rules that prohibit housing and prioritize the area for industrial use do not address the growing housing needs, especially affordable housing, and landscape of modernized industries and new modes of retail and commercial space we see today.

The SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan seeks to establish a new special district to modernize the area’s zoning. It would address housing needs and economic challenges articulated by local and citywide stakeholders.

The goals of the Plan include:

  • Creating housing and especially affordable housing in these high-opportunity, transit-rich neighborhoods.
  • Supporting economic resiliency and recovery by allowing a wider range of commercial uses, to provide flexibility for job-generating industries.
  • Celebrating and modernizing SoHo/NoHo's role in the City's arts, culture and creative economy by supporting live-work and arts/cultural spaces.
  • Guiding building shapes and sizes that respond to neighborhood context and enhance historic character. Unlike today’s rules, the plan will not allow towers.

With these goals, the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan would ensure the area’s continued economic vitality, adaptability and resiliency. It would increase access to the neighborhoods’ amenities, support citywide housing and equity goals and reinvigorate SoHo/NoHo’s legacy as a creative community.

Previous Public Engagement

Oct. 26, 2020 Info Session

Over 500 New Yorkers attended an information session on how to participate in the upcoming public review process for the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan. The two-hour event included a presentation by DCP staff and a question-and-answer session.

Envision SoHo/NoHo

Envision SoHo/NoHo was a six-month community planning process that began in January 2019. It was sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Margaret Chin and the Department of City Planning (DCP). Local residents, business owners, creatives and more joined over 30 discussions of ideas and priorities for the future of their neighborhoods. This culminated in a report released in November 2019 that provided a series of zoning, land use and other recommendations and priorities that have helped guide the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan.

Learn more about the 2019 SoHo/NoHo planning process and read a summary of the findings and recommendations.

Next Steps

Building on the foundation of the Envision SoHo/NoHo process and report, DCP has prepared a draft scope of work for environmental review and is initiating the next phase of public engagement to inform the Neighborhood Plan. Scoping for environmental review will take place in 2020, followed by the development of a zoning proposal that is expected to enter the formal public review process (ULURP) in 2021.

Join a Public Meeting

Scoping Meeting | December 3
DCP will hold a public scoping meeting to hear comments from the public on the environmental scoping materials and to allow the public to inform the environmental review process.